The land was purchased from a dealer of the Pulteney Estate, no money value given. This was known at District # 3 and was located about a half mile from the Pingrey Hill and Jonestown Road intersection going towards Alfred. The building fell down many years ago and the property belongs to Kent Farms. Again from the land records dated 1849, school district # 1 purchases land from Thaddeus Baker. This is the same year that we believe a school was built in the village on First St., near Center St.
In 1851 land was again purchased on the East Valley Road, from a dealer of the Pulteney Estate. This was now school district # 4. Property was again purchased in 1868 from John Pardon for a school. This school was located just before the old Erwin Lewis farm. Again after the centralization in 1939, it was closed and is now a hunting camp, belonging to a group from the Buffalo area. At some point in time the property was sold again. The new owner didn't like the looks of the old school house and in the middle of August of 2009 he burned the old school house to the ground.
Email from viewer: (From friend Debbie Baker Brock)
"A little bit of information I have on the East Valley school from what my grandmother told me is that her mother lived there after the school closed. My grandmother, Augusta Lewis Baker, taught there and I have the school bell that she used to call the students to class and from recess with. I also have her teaching certificate. I remember my great-grandmother, Blanche Lewis, as a child and the stories they would tell about the school. I don't know how long my grandmother taught there but I remember going into the house when I was a little girl."
From the office of the Andover Town Historian comes a re-discovered photo of the Andover District 4 School House, East Valley, shown below.
In 1857, Benjamin C. Brundage sold property at the corner of what is now the intersection of State Rt. 417 and Baker Road. This became school district # 9. In 1896 more property was added from Loren Leonard. The property now belongs to the Burch family and the old school building is now located on Rochambeau Ave. and is the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. In 1871, Benjamin C. Brundage again sold property in the village to school district # 1. According to other records the date was 1868 for the building of the school. Another mystery.
In 1872, Stephen Thomas sold property for a school and it became school district #6, which was located on the Kilbane Road between Davis Hill and Joyce Hill. In 1875, a Nelson E. Gowdy sold property to school district # 6. The Andover Rod and Gun club purchased the building and it burnt to the ground on 6/4/1976. In the year 1889 a Thomas Perkins sold some land for a school to be built on. The school district would be # 2 and would be located on the Pixley Hill road just off of the Alfred - Elm Valley Road. The building was last lived in by the Clemons family and was torn down and a house is now standing there. In 1905, school district # 7 was formed on Voorhees Hill. The land was purchased from a Simeon B. Adams. After the centralization these students started going to Wellsville schools. The old school is now a family home. In 1925, a Hattie Clark sold property for a school but unknown what district it was. We do have two school districts that don’t have dates and they are district # 5 and district # 8. Number 5 was located on the Shovel Hollow road on the intersection of Gallagher Hill road and was torn down at an unknown date. The land now belongs to the Brown family. Number 8 was located on the intersection of the Greenwood Road and the Lane School House Road. It is now the house of Clair Cornell. Isn’t it funny that after going to centralization, that in the 1980’s the government finally came to the conclusion that the one roomed schools were a pretty good source of education. The slow learners actually learned more by listening to the older students being taught and it gave them an idea as to what they were going to learn next.